A warship carrying a shipload of grinning, hand-shaking US navy officials sailed into the Georgian port of Poti on August 11 and hosted a round of squabbling by the country’s two rivaling leaders, Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and President Mikheil Saakashvili.
As the US commanders raised glasses of wine to peace and security in Georgia, the two top Georgians on board made anything but peace. President and prime minister fired jabs at each other across their well-wishing hosts and if it were not for the presence of US Ambassador Richard Norland, the two might have gone elbowing one other right over the side of the ship.
Much like two rivaling fashion divas, they began with remarks on apparel choices. “What’s that thing you are wearing?” the prime minister asked the president, as the two exchanged a frosty handshake, in reference to a red poppy brooch on Saakashvili's lapel. “Where did you get this?” Ivanishvili continued.
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